Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation Honors TSIC Scholars

Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation Honors TSIC Scholars

On April 30, 2019, the Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation honored 17 Take Stock in Children graduates and 17 newly-selected scholars in a ceremony at the Niceville Community Center.

A primary focus of the Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation, the Take Stock in Children Scholarship Program is a unique and innovative program that provides post-secondary scholarships to deserving youth who may not go on to college because of their families' financial situation. Students with good grades, good attendance, and good discipline records who meet the income eligibility requirement are invited to apply for these scholarships. Each student who is selected by the Foundation signs a contract, along with his or her parent, promising to maintain a good school record, to remain drug and crime free and to meet weekly with a community-based mentor. Students who maintain the terms of their contracts are awarded tuition scholarships to the post-secondary institutions of their choice.

Take Stock in Children alumnus Ben Crowson, spoke of his journey with Take Stock and shared a special song he composed honoring the Take Stock in Children program.

The new Scholars and Graduates were recognized and awarded their certificates and medallions by Steve Horton, Okaloosa County Assistant Superintendent, and Cindy Gates, Executive Director, Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation.

Take Stock in Children Scholarship Donors

Full Two Year College Tuition Scholarships

  • Gulf Power Foundation
  • Panhandle Job Fair Foundation
  • Choctawhatchee Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CHELCO)
  • Mid-Bay Rotary Club
  • Cindy and Michael Gates
  • CareerSource Florida

Scholarship and Program Contributors

  • Alby Clendenin Campaign Fund
  • Susan and Wayne Campbell
  • Center for Lifelong Learning
  • City of Niceville
  • David and Virginia Morgan
  • Publix Supermarkets>
  • Yvonne Shanklin>

Take Stock in Children New Scholars

TSIC New Scholars

  • Alana Arnold, Meigs Middle School - Panhandle Job Fair Foundation Scholar
  • Jania Bartley, Bruner Middle School
  • Jonathan Dutton, Pryor Middle School
  • Sydney Ganey, Davidson Middle School - Gulf Power Foundation Scholar
  • Caden Gatlin, Ruckel Middle School
  • Riley Gerler, Lewis Middle School
  • Tyniyah Haughton, Shoal River Middle School
  • Dylan Hayes, Choctawhatchee High School – CareerSource Florida Scholar
  • Victoria McLeod, Laurel Hill School
  • Grace Michelli, Okaloosa STEM Academy – Panhandle Job Fair Foundation Scholar
  • Christian Padron, Fort Walton Beach High School – CareerSource Florida Scholar
  • Angelo Pasados, Destin Middle School
  • Erik Sirmans, Ruckel Middle School – Mid-Bay Rotary Scholar
  • Kayleb Wagner, Baker School – Choctawhatchee Electric Cooperative (CHELCO) Scholar
  • Emma-Lee Whidden, Crestview High School – CareerSource Florida Scholar
  • Adria Womack, Bruner Middle School – Cindy and Michael Gates Scholar
  • Amyas Worthen, Liza Jackson Preparatory School – Gulf Power Foundation Scholar

Take Stock in Children Graduating Scholars

Take Stock in Children Graduating Scholars

  • Miranda Brown-Hogans, Crestview High School
  • Terriaon Canady, Crestview High School
  • Kendra-Aryn Carver, Niceville High School – CareerSource Florida Scholar
  • Megan Coffey, Fort Walton Beach High School – CareerSource Florida Scholar
  • Eyin Cole, Niceville High School
  • Chance Conner, Fort Walton Beach High School – Panhandle Job Fair Foundation Scholar
  • Mackensie Lehneis, Laurel Hill School – Dr. Mabel Jean Morrison Memorial Scholar
  • Sophie Lemasters, Fort Walton Beach High School
  • Jesus Monlina, Fort Walton Beach High School – Gulf Power Foundation Scholar
  • Cody Morton, Crestview High School
  • Tyler Riggs, Collegiate High School – Kit Edwards Memorial Golf Scholar
  • Cade Secondine, Niceville High School
  • Bethany Simene, Collegiate High School
  • Madison Williams, Laure Hill School
  • Woody Williamson, Baker School
  • Reece Woerner, Baker School – Kit Edwards Memorial Golf Scholar
  • Shawn Yost, Niceville High School – Mid-Bay Rotary Club Scholar

Congratulations!  Today, we celebrate your accomplishments and look forward to your continued future success. We are grateful for the commitment of your family members, teachers, school administrators, mentors, and scholarship donors who have invested in your future and provided support for the attainment of your educational goals.

TSIC Mentors to the Class of 2019

  • Jacey Banach
  • Jo Durm
  • Susan Campbell
  • Dottie Liufau
  • Adron Robinson
  • Justin Gordon
  • Faye Norman
  • Heather Demis
  • Jim Liufau
  • Bob McNeil
  • Steve Chambers
  • Marcus Chambers
  • Jackie Wells
  • Angela Fugate
  • Scott Varnum
  • Nicholas Tomecek
  • Frank McCarty

Thank you for your commitment and support!

View the Take Stock in Children presentation here to learn more about the TSIC graduates.

Visit the OCSD Facebook page to see a complete photo gallery of this event.

About the Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation (OPSF)

The OPSF is a not-for-profit community-based public schools foundation.  It is a partnership between families, schools, community and business.  The Foundation is dedicated to supporting and extending the educational opportunities of all individuals within Okaloosa County.  Since its establishment in 1995, OPSF has funded educational enrichment programs including teacher grants for unique programs, student scholars in the Take Stock in Children Program, community educational initiatives, and student and teacher recognition awards. For more information about Take Stock in Children and the Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation, visit www.OkaloosaSchools.com/OPSF.